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Twenty shark sightings along Vic beaches

AAP logoAAP 8/01/2017 Christopher Talbot

Twenty sharks were sighted across Victoria's surf coast on Monday - a day after two of Melbourne's busiest beaches were closed for the same reason.

Life Saving Victoria operations manager Greg Scott says there's been a significant increase in shark sightings this summer.

"There are a lot more sharks closer to shore than we've seen at any time in recent years," Mr Scott told 3AW on Monday.

"I'd say it's sharkier than normal."

Mr Scott says mainly bronze whalers have been spotted in the bay but there were great whites seen between Fairhaven Beach and Lorne.

The sightings resulted in Point Roadknight, near Anglesea, being closed on Monday for two hours.

Fisheries Victoria acting executive director Dallas D'Silva said certain wind and current conditions brought schooling bait fish closer to shore, which attracted sharks.

"In warmer months bronze whalers are known to school in groups for reproductive purposes or in response to increased concentrations of food sources, such as bait fish," he said.

"While it is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Victorian coast throughout the year, shark bites are quite rare."

It's thought that wild storms in recent weeks that washed high levels of nutrients - including high levels of fecal bacteria - into the bay may have attracted the bait fish that are luring sharks closer to land.

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